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Room Refresh & Renew with Birch Lane

I have shared in the past that rugs are my nemesis when it comes to decorating.  It's just so hard to find a rug that works with everything happening in a room.  I threw in the towel and had pretty much all jute and seagrass rugs in the house.  I love the look of them and I have found certain styles that feel comfortable underfoot, but the one that was in our bedroom was not one of those.  It was  (read more …)

top 5 tips for decorating on a budget | part 1

When I was in New Hampshire, speaking at the Sage Farm Antiques Market, I gave a presentation on decorating on a budget.  As I prepped for that and then as I was teaching, I was reminded how passionate I am about the subject. Yes, it's nice to have a generous budget when you're decorating and yes, there are things that are worth saving for and splurging on, but oh, the creativity you have to have  (read more …)

Decorating Dilemma | Marie – Hélène’s Kitchen

Remember Marie-Hélène?  (Look! I figured out how to do the accent marks above her name.  That actually came about compliments of my broken E key.  I had to hold it down to coax it and realized that other E options would pop up!)  Anyway, I featured her family room in a Decorating Dilemma post just before Christmas.   I received an e-mail from her the next day sharing that she was up to her  (read more …)

last minute present-wrapping inspiration

Shopping for Christmas wrapping paper is usually an exercise in frustration for me.  Why doesn't anyone make simple, blue and white paper for Christmas?  Is that too much to ask?!  Well in previous years, it has been.  This year, though, I was able to find the best collection of papers and ribbons that fit my style. The blue and white plaid is from the Sugar Paper line at Target.  I bought  (read more …)

Christmas tree 2.0, paper whites & a blue truck

This year, I really took my time selecting the Parsons' family Christmas tree of 2016.  It was the perfect height, fluffy, and full...just like I wanted. I was practically giddy as I put on over 1200 lights, the garland, and ornaments.  It looked beautiful. Here is how my glorious, perfect tree looked yesterday morning... The tree was totally dried out and the branches were sagging,  (read more …)

Calvin’s Christmas Bedroom

I took some time a couple of weeks ago to put some finishing touches on Calvin's room and, while I did that, I added a few Christmas decorations. I finally swapped out the brass curtain rod with this matte black single curtain rod from Birch Lane.  This one is pretty heavy duty just in case someone thinks it's a good idea to hang on the drapes.  My boys generally don't do that sort of thing,  (read more …)

a place for everything

A couple of weeks ago, we started organizing the studio.  As I said before, it was overdue.  I am generally a neat and tidy person, but when I am in the middle of creating, I don't like to take the time to pick up after myself or put things away properly.  I'll just shove a piece of fabric on the fabric shelf or barely open a bin in order to drop something haphazardly in.  Over time, this behavior  (read more …)

Decorating Dilemma | Marie – Helene’s Great Room

Man, it's been a long time since I've done a Decorating Dilemma post!  I know my readers enjoy them, but they take quite a bit of time to put together and I just haven't had an abundance of that lately. But, I received an e-mail from a reader asking for some help with her great room and kitchen and I was inspired!  While the spaces are adjoined, I decided to break them into two posts, so this one  (read more …)